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With winter weather approaching, it's time to transition your fall skincare routine into a winter skincare routine. The skin is a temperamental thing. Everything from your hormones to medication, foods to stressors can affect it. But it's the weather that plays a huge role in how your skin looks and feels. That's why it's important to adjust your routine according to the season.
Relax—swapping your fall routine for a winter one isn't difficult! It just means using the right skin care products during the winter months and showing your skin a little extra TLC.
Here we look at the best ways to prepare your skin for the cold weather by establishing a solid winter skincare routine.
The biggest skin concern associated with the cold winter is dryness. Dry skin is first skin complaint you'll experience as the fall months turn into winter.
"As the weather transitions—and with central heating coming into play—you will find your skin dry and without that ‘glow," says Dr. Lamees Hamdan, a dermatologist based in Dubai. You may start to experience this dryness in fall, but as the winter months creep it, dry winter skin will become an issue. That's why you need to incorporate hydrating products into your regimen such as a rich moisturizer, hydrating cleanser and toner, etc.
During the winter, people also more frequently shower in hot water - another contributor to dry skin. The problem with hot showers is that they strip the skin of its natural oils, jeopardize the skin barrier, and leave the skin feeling tight and dry. Once again, a nourishing moisturizer or lotion is crucial to target post-shower dryness.
Step 1: Switch your moisturizer
The fall months require only a light moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. When winter hits, you're going to need to moisturize more often and with a richer product that hydrates more intensively. Ideally, you want a deeply moisturizing emollient-based lotion which will penetrate the epidermis and keep moisture locked in for longer. With the dry air sucking away your skin's natural moisture levels, you need to replenish your complexion with a heavier cream that provides nutrients and hydration. Look for nourishing ingredients like shea butter, avocado, coconut oil, and olive oil, all known for boosting the skin's moisture levels.
Step 2: Add in a serum
Serums are particularly effective at targeting specific skin complaints such as dryness. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, glycolic acid, and ceramides - all moisture-boosting ingredients perfect for keeping the skin soft and supple. In the winter, your skin needs as much moisture as it can get, so take the time to find quality products with high-performing ingredients that nourish the skin cells and deliver healthy, rejuvenated skin.
Try Truly's Vegan Collagen Facial Serum. Made with vegan collagen, retinol, and organic coconut, it'll plump and moisturize your skin, while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Step 3: Avoid drying cleansers
Switch your drying cleanser for a fragrance-free, gentle cleanser to keep your skin's moisture levels balanced. In the field of dermatology, any expert will tell you the importance of investing in a good, moisturizing cleanser like Cetaphil. Of course, the cleanser you choose depends on your skin type. So if you're prone to breakouts, you won't want something creamy and heavy. Still, it's important to choose products that are gentle, hydrating, and cleansing at the same time.
Step 4: Exfoliate More Often
How diligent are you about exfoliation? Well, you should be! It pays off - big time. Exfoliating is especially important in the winter when dead skin cells are more prone to building up on the surface of your skin, leading to dullness. That's why a good exfoliator is one of the best investments for taming dry, dull skin. You don't need to exfoliate often to reap the benefits. Two to three times a week is enough to maintain healthy, glowing skin. Choose an exfoliator with vitamin C for extra brightening effects.
Make room for Truly's Matcha Facial Scrub, a hydrating exfoliator that calms inflammation, reduces redness, and rejuvenates the complexion.
Step 5: Incorporate Lip Balm, Eye Cream, and Night Cream
If you weren't using any of the above products in the fall, now is the time to start. More is more when it comes to moisturizing in the winter months. Even if you have oily skin, your complexion demands hydration this time of year. It's also the season in which chapped lips become a major issue. Prevent that from happening by investing in Truly's Unicorn Lip Plumping Balm, a hydrating lip balm enriched with peppermint and matcha. Show your peepers some TLC too with Truly's Eye Candy Anti-Puff Eye Cream, formulated with hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and grape seed oil to minimize dark circles, dryness, and fine lines.
Step 6: Continue Using SPF
Whether it's in your makeup or as a lotion, sunscreen should never be shipped - even during the winter. In the winter, the sun is still out and can still cause free radical damage in your skin. Thus, you should still prioritize SPF in your winter skincare routine. And if you weren't using before, start using it now!
Transitioning your skincare routine to winter is the simplest way to keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and glowing. Throughout the year, seasons change and your skincare regimen needs to adjust to that in order to maintain your skin's integrity. We know it's more convenient to stick to an all year-round routine that suits you well. But if you really care about your skin, we highly recommend switching your skincare routine to align with the season. In the winter, your skin is prone to dryness and tightness due to dry air, taking hot showers, and central heating which all parch your skin. With a few small switches, you can adjust your fall routine into a winter skincare routine for a flawless, glowing complexion.